Leon Haslam the HM plant Honda Rider claimed pole position for the first race at Knockhill tomorrow. Haslam rode his Honda bike round a wet Knockhill in 52.692 seconds, 0.274 seconds ahead of second place qualifier Michael Rutter. Haslam was sitting in pole position entering the final minute of qualifying and cemented his place on the front row by improving his leading time.
Haslam said, “Normally l’m pretty confident in the wet but this year has been a little disappointing for us. The team have worked extremley hard so far this weekend and to finish off in pole is great.”
“At this stage of the season, with five rounds to go it’s all about winning races and hopefully we do that tomorrow. Wet or dry l can’t wait to get going!”
Championship leader Shane Byrne, qualified in 3rd place, closley followed by the Relentless Suzuki rider Micheal Laverty, the test session the team had at Knockhill a few weeks ago obviously paid dividends. Cal Crutchlow finished his qualifying session in 5th position, followed Ducati Airwaves rider Leon Camier then Rizla Suzuki rider Tom Sykes.
Rest assured the racing at Knockhill tomorrow will be intense and if past years are any kind of indicator then there could be a few surprises on the horizon. Tickets will be available at the gate on Sunday 10th August or a buy online and print at home facility is in operation. Remember pre-booking your tickets will allow faster access to the circuit and guarantee that you do not miss any of the action.
Look forward to seeing at Knockhill for what should be a spectacular festival of racing.